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SO AND SO #21 -- January 12, 2008

Poetry by Richard Deming, Nancy Kuhl, & Kate Schapira

Richard Deming is a poet and a theorist who works on the philosophy of literature. His first book of poems is Let's Not Call It Consequence (Shearsman, 2008). He is also the author of Listening on All Sides: Towards an Emersonian Ethics of Reading (Stanford UP, 2008). With Nancy Kuhl he edits Phylum Press.

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Nancy Kuhl’s first full-length collection of poems, The Wife of the Left Hand, was published in 2007 by Shearsman Books. She is co-editor of Phylum Press, a small poetry publisher. She is Associate Curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Kate Schapira lives in Providence, RI, where she organizes the Publicly Complex reading series, featuring innovative work by soon-to-be-famous writers. She's the author of two chapbooks, Phoenix Memory (horse less press) and The Saint's Notebook (forthcoming from the CAB/NET Chapbook Series). She's taught poetry workshops to incarcerated women, middle-school students, college students and first-graders, and is proud of recent acceptances to and appearances in A Sing Economy (an anthology from Flim Forum Press), Denver Quarterly, Cannibal, Word for/Word and Practice.

SO AND SO #22 -- February 23, 2008

Poetry by Mark Bibbins, John Deming, & Matthew Yeager

Mark Bibbins teaches in the graduate writing program at The New

School. His first collection of poems, Sky Lounge, received a Lambda

award and his second, The Dance of No Hard Feelings, is forthcoming in 2009 from Copper Canyon Press.

John Deming is originally from New Hampshire but currently lives in New York City where he teaches English at Baruch College and L.I.M. College. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the poetry book review journal Coldfront. His poems have appeared recently in such journals as Tarpaulin Sky, Past Simple, Dusie and Softblow. He has an MFA from The New School and a BA from the University of New Hampshire.

Matthew Yeager's poems have appeared most recently Bat City Review, Agriculture Reader, and Ocho. His long poem "A Big Ball of Foil in a Small NY Apartment," which was selected by Paul Muldoon for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2005, is currently being adapted into a short film. Shooting begins in March. In 2007, he was awarded fellowships by both VCCA and MacDowell. A native of Cincinnati, OH, he holds a BA from Butler University (2002) and an MFA in Poetry from the New School University (2004). Though he typically works for a catering company, he has taught English at CUNY and is a regular reviewer of poetry for Coldfront Magazine. He lives in Harlem.

John Mercuri Dooley lives in Cambridge, Mass., where he and his husband, Andrew Richardson, curate the Demolicious Poetry/Multimedia Series. Other work has appeared in literary magazines and sites including Blaze Vox, facsicle, Gut Cult, Moria, No Tell Motel, Shampoo and Word For/word, and has been distributed as mail art by Marymark Press. His multimedia work has been presented at the Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville, and Oni Gallery and Atlantic Works Gallery in Boston. He has written book reviews for Boog City and Jacket.

SO AND SO #23 -- March 22, 2008

Poetry by John Mercuri Dooley, Derek Fenner, Ryan Gallagher, & John Mulrooney

Derek Fenner is a graduate of the Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics MFA Program and currently resides in Lowell, MA above Page’s clock. He is the director of “Unlocking the Light”, a federal grant for a program he helped design to incorporate art in the professional development of the Department of Youth Services in Massachusetts. Previous to this, he began an art mentorship program and taught art to juveniles in a maximum security lock-down facility for the State of Massachusetts. Some of the work he did with these students was chronicled at the Rhys Gallery from February 10th - March 4th, 2006 and called "Temporary Walls: The Visual Voices of Detained Youth." He is the author of My Favorite Color is Red: Experiments with Lines 1999-2005. Derek has also finished his portraiture series: 100 People You Should Know. He also runs the Union Square Poetry Series, a bi-monthly Saturday reading at P.A.'s Lounge in Somerville, MA with Ryan Gallagher.

Ryan Gallagher lives in Lowell, MA with his wife and daughter. He is the author of Plum Smash and Other Flashbulbs published in 2005. Ryan has finished translating The Complete Works of Gaius Valerius Catullus, a project he began at the Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where he completed his MFA and where he was the recipient of the William Burroughs scholarship. He received his B.A. in Literature from Boston College. He also studied Thangka painting, traditional Tibetan Buddha paintings, for two years and is an accomplished oil painter. Ryan currently teaches high school literature.

John Mulrooney’s chapbook If You See Something, Say Something came out from the Anchorite press in 2006. His poems have appeared in Fulcrum, Pressed Wafer foldemzines and Shampoo, and are forthcoming in Process.

SO AND SO #24 -- April 12, 2008

Poetry by Lily Brown, Betsy Wheeler, & Mark Yakich

Lily Brown was born and raised in Massachusetts and currently lives in San Francisco. She is the author of the chapbook The Renaissance Sheet, published by Octopus Books in 2007, and her second chapbook, Old with You, is forthcoming from Kitchen Press in 2008. Poems have appeared or will appear in Typo, Octopus, Handsome, Coconut, Fence, Pleiades and 26.

Originally from the Upper Mississippi River Valley, Betsy Wheeler studied poetry and the art of the book at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse where she was a Maple House Fellow for Sutton Hoo Press. She received her MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University in 2005, then lived, worked, and wrote as the Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University's Stadler Center for Poetry from 2005-2007. Her poems have recently appeared in The Journal, Bat City Review, MiPoesias, Pebble Lake Review, Forklift Ohio, Ping Pong, and Absent. Her chapbook, Start Here, is available from Small Anchor Press. Co-editor of Pilot and Pilot Books, she lives in Northampton, Massachusetts where she works for Wondertime magazine.

Mark Yakich's new poetry collection is The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin 2008). He lives in New Orleans. His website is markyakich.com.

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An Impromptu So And So -- April 26, 2008

Poetry by Jim Behrle, Farrah Field, Katy Henricksen, & Jared White

Jim Behrle is the author of She’s My Best Friend (Pressed Wafer), City Point (Pressed Wafer) and The (Purple) Notebook of the Lake (Braincase). He sleeps on a floor in Greenpoint.

Rising, Farrah Field's first book of poems will be published in early 2009 by Four Way Books. Other poems are forthcoming in Another Chicago Magazine, Fulcrum, Harp & Altar, and Typo. She lives in Brooklyn.

Katy Henriksen was born and raised in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the design editor of the poetry journal Cannibal, which she creates with her husband Matt Henriksen in their tiny railroad apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She also helps run the Burning Chair Readings. Her music and culture writing may be found in Venus Zine, The Brooklyn Rail, Paste, Publishers Weekly, Puremusic.com, Rust Buckle, and elsewhere. Four of her poems are forthcoming in Tight.

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Jared White grew up near Boston and is currently living in Brooklyn, New York. His poems have appeared in such journals as Barrow Street, Fugue, Harp & Altar, The Modern Review and Sawbuck; they are forthcoming in Fulcrum, Horse Less Review, LVNG and elsewhere. He's about to finish his MFA at Columbia University, where he received a prize from the Academy of American Poets in 2005. He blogs from time to time about poems and culture at jaredswhite.blogspot.com.

SO AND SO #25 -- May 17, 2008

Poetry by Jennifer Firestone, Dorothea Lasky, & Sarah Rosenthal

Jennifer Firestone is the co-editor of Letters To Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community, forthcoming in October from Saturnalia Books. She is the author of Holiday (published by Shearsman Books), Waves (published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and From Flashes and snapshot (both published by Sona Books). Her work has appeared in HOW2, LUNGFULL!, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Fourteen Hills, MIPOesias Magazine, Dusie, 580 Split, Saint Elizabeth Street and others. She is the Poet in Residence at Eugene Lang College (The New School For Liberal Arts), and she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their infant twins.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of AWE (Wave Books, 2007). Currently, she lives in Philadelphia, where she studies creativity and education.

Sarah Rosenthal is the author of How I Wrote This Story (Margin to Margin, 2001), sitings (a+bend, 2000), not-chicago (Melodeon, 1998), and Manhatten (Spuyten Duyvil, forthcoming). Her poetry, fiction, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous journals including How(2), Bird Dog, Fence, Lungfull, Denver Quarterly, and Boston Review. Her poetry has been anthologized in Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006), The Other Side of the Postcard (City Lights, 2005), and hinge (Crack Press, 2002). Sarah has created a commissioned, multimedia installation based on her poetry for the San Francisco Exploratorium Museum. She is the recipient of the Leo Litwak Fiction Award, the Primavera Fiction Prize, and a grant-supported writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Her collection of interviews, A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Avant-Garde Writers of the Bay Area, is currently being considered by several publishers. She writes curricula on writing and reading for the Developmental Studies Center, a nonprofit publishing house, and teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.

SO AND SO #26 -- June 7, 2008

Poetry by Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Zachary Schomburg, & Janaka Stucky

Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of a collection of poetry, In No One's Land, winner of the Sawtooth Prize and published by Ahsahta Press. She lives with her family in rural Vermont and works as a clerk.

Zachary Schomburg is the author of a book of poems, The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007), the co-editor of an online poetry magazine, Octopus, and the co-editor of a small poetry press, Octopus Books. Poems from his new manuscript, Scary, No Scary, are in Denver Quarterly and Born, among others. His collaborations with Emily Kendal Frey are in Diode, Sir!, and Pilot. His translations of the Russian poet Andrei Sen-Senkov are forthcoming in Circumference and Mantis. He is a PhD student at the University of Nebraska.

Janaka Stucky is the founder and managing editor of Black Ocean, and publishes the magazine Handsome. Since receiving his BFA from Emerson and an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College in 2003, he remains rooted in Boston—spending his life traveling, writing, and caring for the dead. Some of his poems have appeared in: Denver Quarterly, No Tell Motel, North American Review, Redivider, and VOLT.

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SO AND SO #27 -- July 26, 2008

Poetry by Elizabeth Bradfield, Kevin Gallagher, & Jon Thompson

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2008) and editor of Broadsided (www.broadsidedpress.org), a virtual, grassroots press that harnesses the tradition of the broadside to put words on the streets. Her poems have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, in anthologies, and are forthcoming in Ploughshares and Orion. Her second book, Ice-Blink, will be published in late 2009. A recent transplant from Alaska, she lives in North Truro. When not writing, she works as a naturalist.

Kevin Gallagher is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Isolate Flecks (Cervena Barva), and Looking for Lake Texcoco (Cy Gist, forthcoming, August 2008). His poetry and reviews have appeared in such publications as The Boston Review, Emergency Almanac, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review, Jacket, Peacework, The Partisan Review, and elsewhere. In 2004 he edited a feature on Kenneth Rexroth for Jacket, and a chapbook titled Nevertheless: Some Gloucester Writers and Artists. From 1992 to 2002 he was a publisher and editor of compost magazine. A retrospective anthology of compost, co-edited with Margaret Bezucha, is titled There’s No Place on Earth Like the World (Zephyr, 2006). He is now guest editing a feature on Denise Levertov for Jacket. He lives with his wife Kelly, and son Theo, in Newton, Massachusetts.

Jon Thompson teaches at North Carolina State University, where he edits Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics and Free Verse Editions, a new poetry series. His first volume of poems, The Book of the Floating World, was reissued in a new expanded edition in 2007. He recently finished a new collection of poems called Strange Country.

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SO AND SO #28 -- August 23, 2008

Poetry by Sommmer Browning, Hazel McClure, & Aaron Tieger

Sommer Browning lives in Brooklyn. Her chapbook, Vale Tudo, is out with horse less press. She curates the poetry readings at Pete's Candy Store, is almost a librarian, and draws vulgar comix. Visit her here: www.asthmachronicles.blogspot.com.

Hazel McClure wrote Nothing Moving, a chapbook from Lame House press. Her work has been published in Mirage #4/ Period(ical), the tiny, Coconut and Can We Have Our Ball Back. She lives and writes in Buffalo.

Aaron Tieger's most recent books are Anxiety Chant (Skysill Press) and The Collected Typos of Aaron Tieger (Editions Louis Wain). Formerly the editor of CARVE Poems, he now publishes Petrichord Books in Cambridge, MA.

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SO AND SO #29 -- September 20, 2008

Poetry by Rauan Klassnik, Justin Marks, & Lisa Olstein

Rauan Klassnik was born a long time ago. Rauan Klassnik is not dead, though he often sure-damned feels like it. Rauan's primary goal in life is to live forever. Perhaps this explains why he has such a bad attitude. Rauan Klassnik does, though, believe in singing. Like Emily Dickinson on the charnel steps. His poems have appeared many places and his first book, Holy Land, released April 1st (no joke) from Black Ocean.

Justin Marks is the author of A Million in Prizes (New Issues Press, forthcoming 2009). His latest chapbook is [Summer insular] (Horse Less Press, 2007). He is the founder and Editor of Kitchen Press Chapbooks and lives in New York City.

Lisa Olstein is the author of RADIO CRACKLING, RADIO GONE, winner of the 2005 Hayden Carruth Award, and LOST ALPHABET, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Centrum Foundation. She is the Associate Director of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst.

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SO AND SO #30 -- October 11, 2008

Poetry by Dorothea Lasky, Dara Wier, & James Tate

Dorothea Lasky was born in St. Louis in 1978. She is the author of the full-length collection of poems, AWE (Wave Books, 2007), as well as the chapbooks Alphabets and Portraits and The Hatmaker’s Wife. She has attended Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she co-edits the Katalanché Press chapbook series and is pursuing her doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dara Wier is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently Remnants of Hannah and Reverse Rapture (Wave Books, 2006 and 2005, respectively). She has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA and The American Poetry Review. She directs the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-directs the University of Massachusetts' Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action.

James Tate is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, most recently The Ghost Soldier (Ecco, 2008). His Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award in 1991. His other honors include a National Book Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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